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RANGERS' ARTEMI PANARIN IS THE LATEST PLAYER TO VOICE CONCERN OVER RETURN

With the announcement from the NHL’s executive board that the league will be returning to play, several players have voiced their displeasure and/or concern. Montreal Canadiens goaltender did Thursday morning, and New York Rangers forward Artemi Panarin followed suit just hours later, releasing the following statement.

“I am very much looking forward to the playoffs with the New York Rangers. I have concerns not only about the health of players and their families but also the long term prosperity of the NHL. For nearly two decades, the Players have protected the owners' income with escrow, including throughout this pandemic crisis, even as owners’ equity continues to grow exponentially.

“It is time to fix the escrow. We as players cannot report to camp to resume play without already having an agreement in place. We are all in this together. Also, I know the process for selection of the Hub Cities is ongoing. I sincerely wish that my teammates and I could train and play games at MSG and bring employment and economic opportunity safely back to New York City for Rangers fans and all New Yorkers.”



Though team training camps are set to begin July 10, it will be interesting to see whether or not that actually happens. From the sounds of it, many players do not seem keen on returning, with many concerned about their safety, and others who do not want to be away from their families for the duration of their team's playoff run. If it does indeed come down to every player voting on whether or not the league returns, it is possible the playoffs get called off.


COLTON PANKIW
JUNE 25, 2020  (17H40)
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